Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Jack Benny Day


Happy Jack Benny's Birthday! To celebrate we offer this weird and rarely seen caricature of Jack (who, of course, would have been 39 years old today)apparently drawn by bandleader Xavier Cugat (as in Charo's "Coochie, coochie!") and appearing in the 1945 book, THERE'S LAUGHTER IN THE AIR. The book compiled scripts and sketches from many of the popular radio comedies of the day including DUFFY'S TAVERN, AMOS 'N' ANDY, THE GREAT GILDERSLEEVE and even STOOPNAGLE AND BUDD! Today, by the way, is the day for the 39 Man March designed to bring attention to the campaign to get Jack's face on the appropriately priced 39 cent stamp. Go to the International Jack Benny Fan Club for more info.

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